Yoshiro Hayashi (politician)

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Yoshiro Hayashi
Minister of Finance
In office
12 December 1992 – 9 August 1993
Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa
Preceded by Tsutomu Hata
Succeeded by Hirohisa Fujii
Minister of Health and Welfare
In office
27 November 1982 – 27 December 1983
Prime Minister Zenkō Suzuki
Preceded by Motoharu Morishita
Succeeded by Kozo Watanabe
Personal details
Born (1927-06-16)16 June 1927
Shimonoseki, Japan
Died 3 February 2017(2017-02-03) (aged 89)
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Children Yoshimasa Hayashi
Alma mater Tokyo University

Yoshiro Hayashi (林 義郎, Hayashi Yoshirō, 16 June 1927 – 3 February 2017) was a Japanese politician. In addition to being a National Diet member, he served as finance minister from 1992 to 1993.

Early life and education

Hayashi was born in 1927[1] and is from Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture.[2] He graduated from Tokyo University.[2]


Hayashi was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).[3] He served at the House of Representatives, also known as Diet.[4] He was first elected for the Diet in 1969.[5] He also served as health and welfare minister.[6] In August 1989, he ran for the presidency of the LDP, but Toshiki Kaifu won the election, replacing Sousuke Uno as the LDP president.[6]

He was appointed finance minister in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa on 12 December 1992.[1][7] Hayashi replaced Tsutomu Hata in the post.[7][8] Hayashi's tenure ended on 9 August 1993 when Hirohisa Fujii became finance minister.[1][7] Then he began to serve as the chairman of the Diet Members League for Sino-Japanese relations.[3] In 2003 he ended his involvement in politics[9] after serving at Diet ten times.[5]

Personal life and death

Hayashi had a daughter and a son.[10] His son, Yoshimasa, is also a politician and held different cabinet posts.[4]

Hayashi died from multiple organ failure in Tokyo on 3 February 2017 at the age of 89.[5][11]


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  2. ^ a b "All other members". Kakuei Tanaka. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b Greg Austin; Stuart Harris (2001). Japan and Greater China: Political Economy and Military Power in the Asian Century. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-85065-473-5.
  4. ^ a b "Y. Hayashi to replace Yosano as economic and fiscal policy minister". Japan Policy & Politics. Tokyo. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Obituary / Yoshiro Hayashi / Ex-Finance Minister". The Japan News. Tokyo. Jiji Press. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Kaifu wins bid to be Japanese premier". The Boston Globe. Tokyo. 8 August 1989. Retrieved 15 October 2013. – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  7. ^ a b c C. Randall Henning (1 January 1994). Currencies and Politics in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Peterson Institute. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-88132-127-2.
  8. ^ Leslie Helm (12 December 1992). "Japanese Cabinet Shuffle Aims to Regain Public Trust". Los Angeles Times. Tokyo. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Ex-Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi dies at 89". The Mainichi. Tokyo. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Finance Minister Gets $100 Bill as Birthday Present". Associated Press. Tokyo. 18 June 1993. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Ex-Finance Minister Hayashi dies at 89". The Japan Times. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
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